Why You Must Totally Demo Your Restroom When You Remodel

If your house is old enough for a restroom remodelling, you may want to go ahead and entirely gut it. I began my shower room remodel last month with a complete demolition. If I had not, a variety of problems would certainly have been not available for repair ... or perhaps undiscovered. Below's exactly what I found when I opened the wall surfaces and also ceiling of my 1981 condo right here in the Quad Cities.

Take care of plumbing surprises
Here's an additional thing I located. I'm not a plumbing specialist, but I see an issue here. Imagine if that area of usual drain line for our back-to-back sinks obtained clogged. Now visualize running a snake in there from one sink. Do you believe it would certainly make the turn? Probably not. We altered it out and also offset the two.

Repair termite damages
When I opened the exterior wall, I discovered termite damages in two places: the king stud, jack stud, as well as maim on the bathtub side of the window as well as the jack stud on the other side of the window. Fortunately is that the damages was done long ago. As long as I have actually lived here, the owners' association has stayed up to date with termite treatment as well as surveillance, yet I understand there was a period when they really did not. Hence the damage I located.

Change deteriorated subflooring
In addition to the termite-damaged wall, I likewise located rotten subflooring near the bath tub. This was primarily from obtaining also damp, and also I believed it due to the fact that floor tiles had actually begun turning up because area.

Make up for no or little insulation
I understood we had insulation in our wall surfaces. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts since our upstairs neighbor's icemaker had a poor leakage a few years back, securing fifty percent of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The typical wall had R-11 batts. I figured the remainder of the walls did, as well. I recognized they had insulation because I have actually examined behind switch and also receptacle plates.
I got a little shock when I took the drywall off of that exterior bathroom wall surface as well as saw this:

This is actually a good thing, in such a way, since it implies I'll obtain even more improvement compared to I believed I was going to get.

Seal up the air leaks
Yes, our 1981 condominium is leaky. I knew about the huge tub openings and also other plumbing infiltrations because I've seen them from the cellar. I really did not understand that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiber board (Celotex) website that provided great deals of air leakage paths. Again, viewing on the bright side, that suggests I'll have the ability to make more improvement compared to I would certainly believed.

I can not wait to do a blower door test when it's all done. Regrettably, I will not be able to separate out the enhancement due just to my restroom job. The proprietors' association just had the entire flooring secured with spray foam insulation. I'm guessing our overall air leak will certainly be around half of what it was.

Set up an exhaust follower and also solution ductwork
Did I mention our condominium was constructed in the 80's? The master bathroom has a home window, so naturally, it didn't need an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I have actually got over a year of data on temperature as well as family member moisture because washroom without an exhaust fan. Currently I'm placing one in and also will certainly gather extra information. Remain tuned for the results.

Yet even if your restroom currently has a fan, I 'd bet it does not relocate enough air. The normal bath fan moves about half its rated air circulation. If your bathroom follower isn't really obtainable from the attic room, opening the ceiling is the only method to get at the duct and also repair it. Just what you see because picture below prevails for bathroom fan ducts: sagging flex duct that makes too many turns. (That's not my new follower, by the way.).

Fix other potentially unidentified repair needs.
Several years ago we had to do some pipes help the tub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbing professionals had the wall surface opened up, I asked them to put shutoffs know the cold and hot water lines to ensure that if any individual needed to service that pipes in the future, they would not have to switch off the water to the whole building.
So they place in the shutoffs. When I opened up the wall surface, I saw them as well as took this picture:.

I 'd utilize that shower a few times for many years and also constantly asked yourself why the pressure was so reduced. Currently I understand. The plumbers installed the shutoffs yet after that didn't open them completely. Those red handles need to be straight according to the pipes. Great!

I also found that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condominium, but the initial ceiling was stippled. Thankfully, it wasn't a popcorn ceiling, which could include asbestos.

As well as I uncovered the initial, hideous wallpaper.

If you're renovating a washroom, there a lot of great needs to copulate and gut it entirely. That's just what I'm doing. We're almost prepared to start closing it back in, so stay tuned for more stories from the bathroom.

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